46 Years and Going Strong

13 Feb

This Valentines day my Dad and Mom will celebrate their 46th wedding aniversary. 46 years of “mutual pain and suffering” as my dad likes to say. Surely he jests.

“Valentinoo illa shalantinoo illa” my mom says. Those days it was just another day. In fact my mom jokes that my dad is probably the most “un-valentine”  like man of all.

Dad is a great armchair quarterback when it comes to mom…Here are some examples.

1.  “Yene.. who was the fool taught you how to drive? You drive like a novice even after 40 years of driving” (it was him).

2. “Everythings okay with the Bise Bele Baath.. but theres something missing…My mother used to make it just right” (he does not see amma approaching him from behing with a knife in hand).

3. He has her type his correspondence on her computer. If theres any delay in getting a printout or the computer goes to sleep (like it normally does), its time to throw the computer,printer, electrical cords… everything out of the window.

4. Mom does not like to throw anything away. Even a teaspoon of dough is preserved and somehow used sometime. Drives mom beserk when he rummages through the fridge and starts throwing anything that he thinks is “not suitable”

5. Dad’s terrible with names…many a times he has confused one set of children with a different set of parents. I still remember the stunned look of an acquaitance when my dad asked him if his parents were still in Chennai.. except he was  Bengali whose parents lived in Calcutta all their lives.

6. Cannot watch a sitcom without falling asleep… but demands that she tell him the entire story of what he missed (and he falls asleep then as well).

7. For the record, he is yet to watch “My Fair Lady” which has been “aired” in our house many many times. Every time he falls asleep by the time the initial titles are shown (he insists we start at the beginning)

8. He likes certain food but will not eat it because he says “Its too easy to make”.

9. He’ll spend hours lecturing mom on how to do something and then do exactly the opposite.

10. Dad always thought he had a mechanical bent of mind. That explains a lot of broken machines in the house.

With all this, I am sure they will not change anything in their lives …. except for the time when Aditya threw up at Dasaprakash Paradise in Mysore.. sorry man needed to throw that in.

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad. Heres wishing you many more.


18 Responses to “46 Years and Going Strong”

  1. My3 February 13, 2008 at 1:49 pm #

    Wonderful. Our heartiest Congratulations to them. My parents will be celebrating their 45 on the 28 of Feb!

  2. raydixon February 13, 2008 at 1:54 pm #

    They sound like a great couple, Vijay. You must be proud.

  3. December Stud February 13, 2008 at 7:21 pm #


    Wonderfult write-up…….Dad’s are such steretyoes, huh? Well, we’ll read that in N’s blog a few eyars down the line…..

  4. Aditya February 14, 2008 at 3:07 am #

    Very funny smartass. I’ll let that sorry reference slide since the rest of the post is so funny! The Dasprakash episode wasn’t my fault, it was that damn Mango Milkshake. 🙂
    To be fair dad is great with his hands and with machines… I remember he once completely stripped my bike to fix a leaking pipe and put it all back together again. Legend has it he used to do this with cars in the 50s.

  5. M O H A N February 14, 2008 at 4:39 am #

    Congrats toyour parents

    A witty narration – quite enjoyed and we all can see these features in most of parents if not self!!

  6. neela February 14, 2008 at 6:01 am #

    Congrtaulations to your parents.
    Great narration.
    I liked no. 8. It holds true in my house too !!

  7. Vijay February 14, 2008 at 6:18 am #

    @My3: Advance wishes for your parents anniversary
    @Ray: We are.. thanks. Mom was a professor of Economics as well…
    @DS: Oh I am sure N will have his stories as well… being November born I will suggest the name Novemberstud to him 😉
    @Aditya: Got a gentle “rejoinder” from mom this morning for picking on her son..
    @Mohan: Looks like a lot of “common” characterstics
    @Neela: It holds true but does it work????

  8. Srik February 14, 2008 at 7:36 am #

    Good one! Congrats to your parents. So, they celebrate V’day for the 47th consecutive time….good one! Must be a record.

  9. | Balu | February 14, 2008 at 9:02 am #

    Vijay.. never met ur parents but thanks to that post felt like I know them for ages.. Congratulate them on my behalf!

    I could relate some of those points to my parents as well.. Only issue is thought my father had patent over sleeping in front of TV… some days when he finds it tough to sleep, he goes and sits in front of TV.. 😀

  10. Vijay February 14, 2008 at 10:51 am #

    @Balu: I bet you my dad can fall asleep faster that your dad 🙂

  11. praneshachar February 14, 2008 at 11:24 am #

    hardika shubhashyagalu 46 years together let them have wonderful years too ahead and your narrating all the things speaks volumes about the togetherness. My fair lady good one it is like in villages night dramas start and one leader comes against it starts from the beginning another comesso…………………….. you must have started.

  12. | Balu | February 14, 2008 at 12:59 pm #

    A challenge heh.. wait till my parents come around for a visit.. V will have a competition!

  13. ramsblog February 14, 2008 at 7:36 pm #

    awesome – Congratulations and happy anniversary to your parents, Vijay.
    Wishing them a lovely healthy life years to come

  14. Bhel Puri & Seekh Kabab February 15, 2008 at 3:05 am #

    Hey, wish them the very best of wishes, and many more such anniversaries. I am sure they’ve had photos galore from previous anniversaries, and numerous videos, but I bet this must be the first time their anniversary’s been blogged about.

  15. Vijay February 15, 2008 at 3:29 am #

    @Pranesh: Thanks Sir…
    @Balu: The gloves are off.. sleeping competition is on..
    @ram: Thanks.. my moms been reading this post and appreciates all the good wishes…
    @BPSK: This time blogged.. next time Twitter 🙂

  16. Veena February 15, 2008 at 5:00 am #

    It sounds so cute, specially I liked the way you have written.. all those kannada sentences makes it sound so cool and real ….

    46 years..Wow!! your mom should be such a great lady.. 46 years and you 3 guys 🙂 probably she can release a book out of her experiences!!

    and Vijay you are her elder son right? so now we know how old are you.. 😉
    Wishes to your parents…

    No shasti poorthi and such functions ?? (when they turn 60, complete 80 etc,)

  17. Vijay February 15, 2008 at 5:23 am #

    @Veena: I just turned 26 in November… 😉

  18. Srik February 15, 2008 at 12:53 pm #

    In my case also all the things in this list hold good….xpt that replace Mom with Dad and Dad with Mom!(a few of them of cource)

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